UNC College of Arts & Sciences

Geological Sciences

Jesse Hill

 hilljs at live.unc.edu
Office: Mitchell Hall 105A

M.S., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; 2013
B.S., Earth Sciences With A Concentration In Geology, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN; 2011

My field of research is in structural geology, and my current work focuses on the southern Appalachians. I am interested in three-dimensional geological mapping which incorporates Google Earth, ArcMap, and R. I use these tools to catalog published maps and papers and to incorporate these references with field observations to construct multiple working hypotheses. I am currently working with Dr. Kevin Stewart on a project investigating some not-well-understood east-west striking topographic lineaments in the Blue Ridge Province of western NC and the connections with recent rejuvenation of the mountain range. Using structural data collected on minor faults with slickenlines, I have performed paleostress inversions to determine the best-fit stress tensors at the time of faulting. I have measured almost 2000 fractures within the lineaments and have found a positive correlation with the regional-scale lineaments and outcrop-scale joint sets. During this project I developed R script for extracting stream profiles and normalized steepness values from digital elevation models. We are currently preparing this work for publication.

I am fortunate to be continuing my stay at UNC in the doctoral program. I will be investigating Cenozoic uplift events worldwide with the focus on 60-20 Ma. This project is still in the brainstorming stages and is sure to change.

I enjoy hiking, camping, wood-carving, playing disc golf, throwing rocks, and spending time with my lovely wife, Tallulah, and our brand new little girl, Acadia Colette. I also enjoy cycling, and have converted two bicycles into electric vehicles.


Hill, J.S., and Harrison, M.J., 2012, Terrain modification in Google Earth using SketchUp: An example from the Western Blue Ridge of Tennessee, in Whitmeyer, S.J., Bailey, J.E., De Paor, D.G., and Ornduff, T., eds., Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper 492, p. 1–10, doi:10.1130/2012.2492(18).


Corley, J. H., Hill, J. S., and Harrison, M. J., 2011. Progressive Alleghanian deformation in metasediments along the Unaka Mountain fault, northeastern TN: A case study in using Google Earth for multi-scale structural analysis. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 2, p. 10

Hill, J. S., Using Google Earth for multi-scale geospatial analysis in the eastern Tennessean Appalachians; 2011 Student Research Fair; Tennessee Technological University

Hill, J. S., and Harrison, M. J., 2012. Modifying the Google Earth terrain using Google SketchUp; Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 4, p 19

Hill, J. S., and Stewart, K. G., 2012, Correlation of major topographic lineaments in the North Carolina Blue Ridge with regional fracture zones; Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, no. 7, p. 483

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